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Subject: Would have been 4/5, however....
...The pacing during the final minutes is far too fast.
Ann Smithy -
Subject: Nice and Sweet
This movie is a good spend of time. Chorus girls, and show life dance, tapp. John Payne is like Jimmie Stewart as stated above. I enjoyed this one. (I appreciate John Payne more in this one)
Subject: Lots of movie for one hour
Delightful, well done film. Worth watching.
g rated -
Subject: Rated G 5
full of fun & my scene is the
3 Radio Rogues sing in boxing match, advertising a hat company = they dont make movies like this one anymore ===as one reviewer says, you've NEVER seen a boxing match like this one in your life !
This is a bit of an odd curio, in the fact that this is looks to be an attempted at a high-polished musical by a low rent studio. The Results are mixed here. Some of the songs are rather low rent.. I mean, the Twinkle Twinkle bit is nothing short of stupid, and the final number is just plain boring, but the boxing number and the bar sequence are fun, though implausible (How can a boxing match be commentated by a sextet?) The story is screams 1930s, about dueling fairs in nearby cities, and their attempts to outdo each other. John Payne and Mae Clarke play the publicists of the two fairs, and they try to outdo each other, and try to hire the famous show creator Bosero. Naturally, skulldeuggery follows.
Mae Clarke is okay I suppose, and John Payne plays his Jimmy Stewart imitation quite well, What somewhat fails them is the potholes in the script, like there are incredible leaps in comprehension, how exactly was the Texas tycoon convinced to go to the bar in the first place? Who exactly was Bosero putting the show on for? And since the lead singer / dancer quit, well, what happened then? This is a movie that you really, REALLY have to squint in order to enjoy, and just keep a loose head as possible, because if you think to much about the comprehensiveness of this, your head will explode.
Subject: Dallas Ft Worth Rivalry
In fact, in 1936 nearby ft. Worth, Tx staged a rival exposition (with Sally Rand!), a probable indspiration for this little flikker.
Subject: Texas Cent. Fair
It has been stated twice that the fair footage is from the 1933 World's Fair - but it looks to me that it is from the 1936 Texas Centennial Fair,in Dallas. Fair Park is where the Tx. State Fair is still held, and most of the orig. Structures are not only standing and in use, but are being restored. A beautiful example of Art Moderne/Deco architecture.
Also, this is a fun movie, and pretty clever in spots.
Subject: Cute movie
This film has a little bit of everything: eleborate musical numbers, a cute little plot, several scenes with brief footage that is definitely from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. A must-see if you're a fan of art deco and art moderne.
Subject: A Tale of Two Tuneful Texas Towns
Neighboring rival Texas towns vie to open their exposition before the other. No mere State Fairs these, they're more like elaborate Art Deco World's Fairs. (The stock footage looks like it may have been shot at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.) One town hires a PR man, Jimmy Maxwell (John Payne). The other town follows suit, not realizing that their tough-as-nails press agent Jo Allen (Mae Clarke) is a woman. She, in turn, employs an exercise lecturer (Franklyn Pangborn, in one of his typical jittery roles) to pose as "Jo" so she can go undercover, disguising herself as a school teacher to learn Jimmy's plans. A funny subplot involves Jimmy's assistant Buzz (Skeets Gallagher) and his screwball girlfriend Ginger (Helen Lynde) who wants to break into show business in the worst way -- and why not, she's a pistol! She's the kind of girl who can jump unanounced on stage at a nightclub and a whole Broadway production will magically appear around her.
Fantastic musical numbers include the screwest boxing match you'll ever see, in a circular, moderne boxing ring, announced by singers, The Three Radio Rogues, who interrupt the action occasionally to advertise Zilch's Hats, Incorporated. Oddly enough, The Three Radio Rogues appear not to be a trio, but a sextet. Huh?